Youth Boot Camps in Louisiana

By Amanda Courtney
Youth boot camps give troubled teenagers an opportunity to start fresh.

Boot camps offer an alternative to juvenile detention halls for teenagers and youths struggling with drugs, truancy and trouble at home or school. The first juvenile boot camp was implemented in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in 1985. In the 25 years since that first camp opened, boot camps have developed in over two dozen states with variations on the Orleans Parish model.

Louisiana Youth Academy

Louisiana Youth Academy Boot Camp in Rapides Parish is sponsored by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. At the time of publication, no further information regarding the Academy was available via website, but there is contact information at the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office website for questions.

Louisiana Youth Academy Boot Camp 400 John Allison Drive Alexandria, LA 71303-7769 318-449-4366 RPSO.org

K-Bar-B Youth Ranch

The K-Bar-B Youth Ranch in Slidell differs from the Louisiana Youth Academy in that it focuses on providing a healthy environment for children who have suffered abuse, and it offers therapies based on the root needs that abuse causes. K-Bar-B also offers family and group therapy in conjunction with individual therapy.

K-Bar-B Youth Ranch 31294 Gause Boulevard West Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-1425 kbarb.com

Red River Academy

Lecompte, Louisiana's Red River Academy serves youths from 13 to 18 and treats troubled teenagers while offering an education as well. The Academy states that, upon graduation, students will be equipped with the basic skills to participate as contributing members of society. Students get to work outside the classroom in projects that will benefit the community.

Red River Academy 2810 U.S. 71 Lecompte, LA 71346 318-776-5655 redriveracademy.net

About the Author

A writer since 2000, Amanda Courtney worked as the news and copy editor for "The Lion's Roar," her collegiate newspaper, and as copy editor of the yearbook "Le Souvenir." She holds a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in English and mass communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.